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Homecoming 2006

Educators, alumni honored during Tusculum College’s Homecoming 2006 activities

Posted on 20 October 2006 by

Homecoming 2006Two area Tusculum College educators received major honors from the college’s Alumni Association during Homecoming events on Oct. 14, as did a local TC staff member who is herself a Tusculum College alumna. Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Melinda Dukes of Johnson City received the National Alumni Recognition Award from the TC Alumni Association during its annual meeting Saturday morning on the campus.

Professor of Education Dr. Jim Fields of Chuckey received the National Living Faculty Award, honoring him for outstanding contributions to Tusculum College and the field of education. Director of Development and Alumni Relations Susan Vance of Greeneville, a 1991 Tusculum College graduate, received the Alumni Association’s Frontier Award, presented each year to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career.

The awards were made in the Chalmers Conference Center of the Niswonger Commons on Saturday morning at an annual meeting of the Tusculum College Alumni Association.

Presenting Dr. Dukes’ award was Bob Riser of the class of 1962, a member of the Alumni Executive Board. He praised Dr. Dukes, who joined Tusculum College in 1989, for her ability to combine academic theory with “civic engagement.” She has led her students in working in several notable community projects, including one that helped a regional non-profit organization secure a sizable grant.

She received the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2001 from her fellow faculty members. During 2006 she served as interim Provost for the college until the arrival of Provost Dr. Kim Estep. Dr. Dukes is now Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, working closely with Dr. Estep.

Presenting Dr. Fields’ award was Paige Mengel, a class of 1988 alumna and member of the Alumni Executive Board. Dr. Fields, she said, came to Tusculum in 1993, and has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate level program. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from East Tennessee State University, and has approximately 11 years of collegiate teaching experience.

He has been extensively involved in the Tusculum College governance process and has worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Also receiving a major alumni award was Peggy Brewer, a former two-year president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association. Brewer received the Pioneer Award, the highest honor given by the Alumni Association. Tusculum College President Dr. Dolphus E. Henry presented the award.

Brewer, of Morristown, retired from TVA to become president of a family business, Twi-Lite, Inc.

Presenting Vance’s award was Tusculum College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mark A. Stokes, who is Vance’s current supervisor and also was her supervisor when she was a TC work-study student in the early 1990s.

Vance is well known in Greeneville for her earlier work on the staff of the Greene County Partnership and as Marketing and Corporate Development Manager at Freewill Baptist Family Ministries, a nonprofit Christian child and family care ministry in Greene County. She has been a successful fundraiser both at Family Ministries and at Tusculum College.

Highlighting Homecoming activities was the Saturday afternoon football game between the Pioneers and the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College. The final score was 30-21 in favor of Presbyterian.

Halftime was marked by the annual crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King and the presentation of the Queen’s Court. Seniors Anup Kaphle of Nepal, an English major, and Angel Connell of Waynesville,Ga., a political science major, were named King and Queen, and crowned by President and Mrs. Dolphus Henry.

Representing the Freshman class were Alex Smith and Ashley Shoults. Sophomores were represented by Erin Moore, Randi Williams and Caitlin Castainca.

Representing the Junior class were Octavious Love and Jessica Love, and Cody Greene and Sudipa Shrestha. Representing the Senior class in addition to Kaphle and Connell were Rodney Peebles and Melina Villarreal, Glen Black and Amy Carlson, and Justin Higgins and Maureen Cathers.

A Homecoming Parade featuring antique vehicles provided by the Ridgerunners antique car club and music from the award-winning Greeneville High School Greene Devils Marching Band preceded the football game. The band also played a pregame program in the stadium.

The parade’s grand marshals were members of the Class of 1956, this year’s “Golden Pioneers.” They and other alumni were hosted in a Friday night alumni dinner at Link Hills Country Club, a Friday afternoon tea at the residence of President and Mrs. Henry, and a Saturday evening dinner and dance at the General Morgan Inn and Conference Center.

Other Homecoming activities included campus tours and a Sports Hall of Fame/All-Alumni Breakfast on Saturday morning, where three former Tusculum College student-athletes and coaches were inducted into Tusculum Sports Hall of Fame: the late Tusculum basketball coach George “Folly” Malone and former Pioneer baseball players Chad Busch and Anthony Mercurio.

A golf tournament, round-robin tennis event, oral history workshop, and a memorial service for alumni who died within the past year were also part of the weekend. Other activities included a trip to Myers Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, storytelling at the Doak House Museum, a “Century of Style” architecture exhibit at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.

More than 200 alumni participated in the event, with many more friends of Tusculum College also taking part in at least part of the weekend festivities. The theme of the weekend was “Explore the Past, Experience the Present.”

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Generosity of family of late alumnus brings new “All-American” display to Tusculum College

Posted on 14 October 2006 by

A new gallery of photographs of Tusculum College All-American athletes graces the lobby of the Pioneer Arena, honoring not only the pictured athletes but also the memory of the late Andrew “Andy” Kmetz, a 1935 TC graduate who was a noted athlete.

Family members of Kmetz, who died in 2005, funded the display through a gift to the college, and have since made another gift for its upkeep. Included are photographs of most of Tusculum College’s 39 All-Americans. Other photographs will be added as future All-Americans are named and as photos of not-yet-pictured past All-Americans are located.

Giving brief comments at the recent dedication ceremony for the display were Susan Vance ’91, director of development and alumni relations at Tusculum College; President Dr. Dolphus E. Henry, Director of Athletics Ed Hoffmeyer, and Tusculum College baseball All-American Greg Stotser.

With the Nov. 11 football game between Tusculum College and rival Carson-Newman College looming ahead, Dr. Henry noted that Kmetz is remembered at Tusculum College for kicking the winning field goal in the 1934 Tusculum College victory over Carson-Newman, a 3-0 game.

All the speakers from Tusculum College deeply thanked the Kmetz family for the new exhibit. Vance praised the Kmetz family for finding an appropriate way to honor Andy Kmetz, and Hoffmeyer and Stotser spoke of the honor of achieving All-American status, an honor now heightened further through the Kmetz family’s generosity.

Glen Black of the TC Pioneer football team gave the prayer of dedication.

Speaking on behalf of the Kmetz family was Andrea Kmetz Payne, daughter of Andrew Kmetz, who reminisced about her father, one of nine children in an immigrant family. Kmetz, she said, did not graduate from high school until age 21 because he so frequently had to drop out of school to work to help support his family.

Kmetz was coached in track in high school by a Tusculum College alumnus, Art Argauer, who also introduced Kmetz to his future wife when he arranged for Ida Krug to become Kmetz’s tutor in French.

Payne described her father’s college experience as one that was rewarding to him, but also difficult because of financial challenges. She recalled his stories of pushing his old Model T Ford up East Tennessee hills because it lacked power to climb them, then coasting down the far side of the hill to save gas.

Kmetz went on to a career in education and coaching, and in 1982 was inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame as well as a similar sports hall of fame at his old high school in New Jersey.

Andrew Kmetz last visited Tusculum College in 1997, she said, when he attended a class reunion.

Also speaking was another Kmetz daughter, Alice Kmetz D’Ambrosio, who recalled her father as a friendly man who “always remembered a face, but never a name,” and who would “talk to anyone.” She noted how deeply her father loved Tusculum College and treasured his experiences there.

Al Taynai, a member of the TC class of 1962 and a godson and nephew of Kmetz, also spoke briefly of Kmetz and his love for Tusculum College.

The gallery dedicated to Kmetz is named “Tusculum College’s All-Americans, in memory of Andrew Kmetz, ’35.” It is free of charge and open for public view at all times that the lobby of Pioneer Arena is open.

Five of the TC All-Americans pictured in the display were present at the dedication. They were Susan Starnes Farris ’97, Carla Lloyd Weems ’93, Felix Perez ’05, Vivian Christopher ’93 ’03 and Greg Stotser ’07.

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The Tusculum Review unveils new website

Posted on 09 October 2006 by

The website for The Tusculum Review, the literary journal published yearly by students and faculty from the Tusculum College English Department, has a new look.

Two issues have already been produced, and the planning and submission reviews for the next issue have already begun. In fact, The Tusculum Review recently placed a national advertisement to promote its annual Poetry and Prose contest and to entice more writers to submit pieces for publication in the 2007 edition.

The new web address for The Tusculum Review is

Please contact Dr. Richard Greenfield ( or Wayne Thomas ( for more information.

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